The World Illustration Awards

Call for Entries to the World Illustration Awards. This is a exhibit competition sponsored by the Association of Illustrators (AOI), based in London. 

The World Illustration Awards are open to illustrators in any country working in any medium or context. The Terms of use seem to be very fair, and they have a specific category called:

Research & Knowledge Communication
Illustration commissioned for the purpose of undertaking research and communicating knowledge. Illustration that is used as a research or investigative tool and that represents, explains or seeks to understand information or data.
Includes but is not limited to ... natural history illustration, wildlife, scientific illustration, forensic imagery, architectural imagery, illustration supporting academic research (for example in archaeology, geology, paleontology, natural sciences, biological sciences), visual informatics, data-visualisation and graphic facilitation.

Work must be entered as either a New Talent entry or a Professional entry.

New Talent entrants are Undergraduate Students, Post-Graduate Students or graduates within two years of graduation. Professional entrants are all other professional illustrators.

Work can be entered by the creator of the work (illustrator, student /new graduate) or by any third party such as an Agent, Designer, College, Publisher or Commissioner.

Entries can either be:
Single Image Entry (one image per entry/ ~$33) or
Multiple Image Entry (up to five related images per entry/~$60). Multiple Entries should therefore be used to showcase different elements of the same project (multiple illustrations, spreads from a book and so on).

For more information and entry instructions, visit: http://www.theaoi.com/awards/enter-info.php

The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. Established in 1973 the AOI has worked successfully with businesses and colleges to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.
 

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